Factor’s philosophy is that not all calories are created equal. Healthy fats, protein, and low-glycemic carbohydrates provide us with the essential nutrients we need for optimum health. Added sugars however (which are added to foods during processing, not the naturally occurring kind), are entirely void of nutrition. They’re high in calories but provide no nutritional benefit, unlike nutrient-dense foods such as avocados or salmon.
Factor meals are free of added and artificial sugars, as well as being organically grown; non-GMO; gluten-free; soy-free; hormone-free; and antibiotic-free.
Q: What Happens When You Eliminate Sugar?
A: Sugar has been found to have addictive properties. So, the response of eliminating it completely will depend on the person. However, below is some recent data to support giving up on added sugar:
Within a Few Days:
- According to a small pediatric study conducted in 2014, “…After nine days, blood pressure went down by an average of five points, the triglyceride measurement of cholesterol fell by 33 points, low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) fell by 10 points, and blood sugar and insulin levels both fell…” (Lustig et al., 2015).
Within a Few Weeks:
- According to research from James DiNicolantonio, PharmD and cardiovascular research scientist “…you might expect to see a 10% decrease in LDL [bad] cholesterol…a 20-40% decrease in triglycerides…and your blood pressure may head in the right direction” (“Cardiovascular research,” 2014).
- More clear skin due to decreased inflammation
- Likelihood of better sleep due to more stabilized blood sugar levels
Within a Few Months:
- Your taste buds have reset, so you’ll be more sensitive to the intensity of sweetness of your past go-to foods —> Helping cravings
- Prevention of further weight gain
Recent estimates have found that Americans are consuming anywhere from “…77 to 152 pounds of sugar per year…[which] equates to an average intake of 24 to 47 teaspoons per day” (DiNicolantonio and Lucan, 2014).
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons per day for men (4 grams of sugar is equal to 1 teaspoon).
Potential Side Effects of Added Sugar Intake:
- Increased Cardiovascular risk
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Fatty Liver Disease
- Elevated risk for Depression and Dementia
^ Don’t forget that added sugars will throw your blood sugar out of control; resulting in fatigue, brain fog, and weight gain.
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